Traveling to the state of
Jammu and Kashmir in India in winter does not make sense unless
you want to enjoy winter sports. Even then, veterans advise
against such a travel plan due to the risk of getting stranded
due to snowstorms, avalanches and landslides. Far flung regions
often get disconnected from the mainstream and helicopter
services often end up as the sole means of travel to and from
these regions. You may end up getting stranded in the tourist
destination of Gulmarg without any means of returning to the
state capital if you get stuck in an avalanche.
For those who want to enjoy a bit of cold without
consequent risks, early March and late November are must visit months.
A visit in March will help you enjoy the snow and cold that is yet
to melt away because of the onset of summer. November will help
you enjoy the cold and snow without the risk of facing full brunt
of the harsh winter in Jammu and Kashmir.
If you want to enjoy moderate cold and access to
all tourist facilities, travel from April to October is the best
option. You can enjoy cold climate and refreshing winds and visit
almost all popular destinations in the state. You can time your
visit to coincide with the Amarnath trek where devotees pay obeisance
to the Lord of Destruction by a long and treacherous trek through
You can also visit the Vaishno Devi temple, personification
of the divine Mother said to solve all problems of her children,
especially those related to infertility. For those who want a bit
of plain old sight seeing, there are numerous road trips to all
parts of the state from Srinagar. Autumn in the cold state of Jammu
and Kashmir is a particularly beautiful sight with the entire tree
belt getting a golden brown hue.